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Sunday, January 30, 2011

January Trees

January Trees,  8x6" Oil Pastel on paper 
©2011, Helen Read 
ready to frame 

I'm sorry to say that January has just flown by!   Its been a very busy month, as it always is ... I've been working on a larger painting - and now, this small one in pastel to be posted before the end of the month is here!  (which is tomorrow!)    While it might seem that I've been idle, that's not exactly true!
My classroom duties have kept me very busy - as well as other home and family things.   

This one is small and rather simple - done in an almost impressionistic style.  I like oil pastels because they are so blend-able, and they mix on the paper almost like paint on a canvas.  The subject matter is about all I can see  -  snow on everything! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunlit Leaf - an old favorite

Sunlit leaf, 8x8" Oil on canvas 
©2010, Helen Read 

Just bringing back an old favorite from about a year ago.  Its been a very busy month thus far, and though I have a few things going in my studio - nothing ready for posting. 

Hopefully, this week!!  

Monday, January 17, 2011

Thinking ahead .... Send a Strawberry Valentine!

Set of 10 Note cards - Strawberries and Valentines 

Each set has 10 note cards (5 designs) with envelopes
$12.50/set  + $3.00 shipping in US 

To purchase individual note cards, please email me!   $1.75 each + shipping .75 in US
Send someone special a note of love!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pen and Ink ~ Grape Leaf

Grape Leaf, approx. 6 x 4" Pen and Ink on illustration board
© Helen Read 

Life has been very busy here in the first couple weeks after Christmas and New Years.  Being a school teacher, its the end of the semester which means finals, grading, organizing, preparing for a new semester, etc.   My drawing class has just completed their last project, which is a pen and ink drawing. This is one of the examples that I had for them.  I enjoy pen and ink... there's a certain trepidation in knowing that mistakes are permanent - but also a certain type of freedom in knowing that if one is made, you'll have to creatively figure out how to incorporate it and make it "work" with the rest of the drawing! 

Monday, January 10, 2011

January Discounts - Snow landscapes!

Snowscape,  8x8" Oil on canvas
©2008, Helen Read 
January Special! 
$120.00  $75.00  through January 2011
No need to frame - painted on sides
($12.00 shipping in US,  IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax.) 

Its COLD outside!    In order to create some winter excitement, I'm offering these "snow paintings" just for the month of January with some very BIG DISCOUNTS!  
Celebrate winter with me - take advantage of these great savings and own an original, one-of-a-kind oil painting!   

 Icy Riverbank,  11 x 14" Oil on canvas
©2009, Helen Read 
(ready to frame) 
January Special! 
$695.00   $325.00 Through January 2011
($15.00 shipping in US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax.) 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The birth of a painting - video of the making of Spirit

Spirit,  22 x 30" Acrylic on paper
©2010, Helen Read

I thought it would be interesting to try something I've never done before! 
I took many photos of the painting, Spirit, which you see above - and have now created a video of its creation.  Its set to music by Albinoni, and is not quite 3 min. long. 
I hope you enjoy seeing it unfold from concept to finished painting!  

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